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30th July – World Day against Trafficking in Persons

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is celebrated annually on July 30. For the first time, the decision to declare this date as the international day of the fight against human trafficking was adopted on December 18, 2013 and was officially confirmed by the resolution of the UN General Assembly "Improving the coordination of efforts to combat trafficking in persons".

The resolution was adopted with the objective to intensifying international efforts aimed at counteracting the phenomenon of human trafficking.

According to the International Labor Organization, 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor. Men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, both at home and abroad.

All countries in the world, whether as the country of origin, transit or destination, suffer from trafficking. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 2016), about a third of all victims of trafficking in persons are children. The share of women and children among victims of trafficking is 71%.

Annually, the NGO "Sana Sezim" and UBOP of the Department of Internal Affairs of South Kazakhstan Republic carry out an event devoted to the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. On July 30, 2017, by tradition, a joint event was held with law enforcement agencies among the population of the South-Kazakhstan region. The event was conducted in city parks, railway stations and sports complexes in Shymkent. This event is aimed at attracting the attention of the general public to the problem of human trafficking and its consequences, the situation of victims of human trafficking and the protection of their rights. The event is also intended to remind of the importance and necessity of coordinated actions in the fight against trafficking in persons.